Grade Point Average (GPA)

Grade Point Average (GPA)

Grade Point Average (GPA) is a students grade average that is obtained by dividing the total number of grade points earned by the total number of credits attempted. This is is also known as quality point average. The highest GPA that you can achieve is a 4.0.

About Grade Point Average (GPA)

Grades in the realm of education are standardized measurements of varying levels of comprehension within a subject area. Grades can be assigned in letters (for example, A, B, C, D, or E, or F), as a range (for example 4.0_1.0), as a number out of a possible total (for example out of 20 or 100), as descriptors (excellent, great, satisfactory, needs improvement), in percentages, or, as is common in some post-secondary institutions in some countries, as a Grade Point Average (GPA). GPA is calculated by taking the number of grade points a student earned in a given period of time divided by the total number of credits taken. The GPA can be used by potential employers or further post-secondary institutions to assess and compare applicants. A Cumulative Grade Point Average is a calculation of the average of all of a student's grades for all semesters and courses completed up to a given academic term, whereas the GPA may only refer to one term.

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